We really enjoyed our zoom live link (a brilliant 21st century learning experience) to the ship when you were deploying Tom. We hope you get lots of brilliant data recorded from the Atlantic seafloor 

Tom keen at the helmTom Crean, Irish Antarctic hero, died on July 27, 1938. In commemoration, we take at a look at the Kerryman's life.

Tom Crean, born in County Kerry in 1877, was marching behind Robert Falcon Scott from Cape Evans on November 1, 1911, in an attempt to reach the South Pole for the first time. While the tragedy of Scott's failure is central in the history of Polar exploration, the Kerry man’s extraordinary achievements during three expeditions to the Antarctic at the start of the last century lay dormant for almost 80 years until the publication of Michael Smith’s "An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer" in 2000.

tom KeenCrean's epic survival has been belatedly recognised by the erection of a statue opposite his home and a themed Guinness TV advert but the author is most pleased by one consequence of his work: "I'm particularly gratified that Tom is on the school curriculum in Ireland. Early in 1912 and about 150 miles from the Pole, Crean was forced to return to base with William Lashly and the critically ill Teddy Evans. On their treacherous 750-mile journey, Crean and Lashly saved the life of their colleague - culminating in the Irishman’s dogged 35-mile solo run through the most harrowing of conditions with just three biscuits and two pieces of chocolate - and were awarded the King’s Medal from King George V in 1913 for their bravery.

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